Date(s) - Mar/09/2024
9:30 am - 11:30 am
The Winter Series is scored on your 6 best finishes in the 8 race series. At this point in the series you are probably recognizing your competition and thinking about how the final series scoring might look. With this race we will try and shake up the series results a bit.
The main racecourse will be a 5K on the dirt and gravel trails through the battlefield. During the race runners will encounter three opportunities to take a detour. Each detour will add approximately 0.15 mile to the overall race distance but will provide runners the opportunity to collect a raffle ticket from a course marshal on the detour. At the end of the race SVR will raffle off several prizes including a gift certificate for a new pair of shoes from Runners’ Retreat.
Will you take the fast route and stay on course to protect your overall Winter Series score or will you gamble by taking a detour to get a raffle ticket and risk getting passed by the competition?
A course map and elevation profile of the main 5k route (detours not shown) is available here:
Parking is available in the main student lot at Millbrook High School.
251 First Woods Dr
Winchester, VA 22603
Special thanks to Race Director Selena Smart for organizing this event!
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The Third Winchester Battlefield Park is composed of more than 600 acres of preserved land. The Third Battle of Winchester, fought on September 19, 1864, was the largest and costliest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley. More than 54,000 men fought and over 8,600 became casualties in a ferocious see-saw struggle that saw the Confederates gradually forced back until a final decisive attack by Federal infantry and cavalry struck the Confederate left flank, breaching the defenders’ lines, and sending the Confederates “whirling through Winchester”.
Special thanks to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for preserving this land and hosting the race.